The Amazing Race Season 28 Recap - Episode 5
We're Only Doing Freaky Stuff Today
By Kim Hollis and David Mumpower
March 14, 2016
As the other teams struggle, Tyler & Korey are checked in as Team #1 - their second win so far. (If you’re wondering about the standings, they’re tied with Brodie & Kurt at two wins apiece, while Matt & Dana also have one.) For their victory, the guys are awarded a trip to Boracay Island in the Philippines, which looks so delightful that we look up the cost of a week’s stay. It gets some amazing reviews and isn’t so far out of line that we wouldn’t consider it. Nice job, Amazing Race.
Brodie eventually gets in the air, and he’s followed by Matt. Both guys thoroughly enjoy their experience, though you can tell that Brodie & Curt are just a little bit irked that Tyler & Korey pulled ahead today. We’re getting to a point in the Race where the Frisbee guys and Tyler & Korey are dominant and the other teams are along for the ride. Will one of them have a letdown?
Matt’s time in the air is peaceful, because Dana isn’t yelling at him - oops, nevermind. As he comes in to land, she screams to hurry up and stop enjoying himself so much.
On her first pass at the Soaring Over the Alps, Rachel falls down. This allows Blair to pass her, which is again amusing as Zach thinks his wife is coming in but it’s not her at all. When she starts yelling “Daddy!” everyone quickly realizes that Scott & Blair have pulled off a shockingly decent leg. Rachel gets it done on her second attempt.
Now we have three players side by side on the hill, ready to take off - Ashley, Erin and Sheri. They’re all waiting for the best possible wind. Eventually, Ashley’s guide tells her to go, but Sheri’s guy says that it’s a downwind. He’s right, too. Ashley will be gathering her parasail and giving it another shot. These three players know that they’re fighting to stay out of last place, and any mistake could be fatal, so the error from Ashley’s guide is a critical one.
The next to attempt it is Sheri, who gets in the air even though she is barely able to stay on her feet. We’ll credit it to her guide for choosing the right time to go and for taking control of the acceleration himself. Erin goes soon after, but only makes it a few steps before falling. Since she was running like the Penguin, this isn’t surprising. As she rolls on the ground, she watches Ashley give it another go. Erin is relieved when her opponent gets no momentum, putting them back on equal footing.
When Blair & Scott check in, Phil asks them if they have a favorite team. Blair initially tells him she does, but then backs up and asks him if he has a favorite team. “I love all of you,” he tells her, so she magnanimously agrees that she also adores all of the other competitors. We’re pretty sure this was Phil’s attempt to get her to say #blodie, and we’re thankful she didn’t take the bait. Zach & Rachel are fifth, and we continue to spend very little time with them.
Now, the only players left standing at the bottom of the hill as they wait for their teammate are Burnie, Cole and Joslyn. They debate amongst themselves when Sheri emerges and eventually figure out that the red jacket belongs to Cole’s mom. He does a little victory lap.
Suddenly, another parasail emerges in the sky, and even the audience has no idea who it might be. Eventually, we see that it’s Ashley, who runs to kiss Burnie. He reminds her that they’re racing, and off they go. They actually even hit the mat just ahead of Sheri & Cole, though we don’t really see why (and there’s not much reason for that footage to be included since we know who’s in danger of elimination).
Erin misses again at the top of the mountain. She knows she’s in last place, but she still takes time to appreciate the beauty of her surroundings. “I’m so blessed to be able to be here. I wish Joslyn could see this.”
At the Pitstop mat, Phil does check them in as the last team. Unfortunately, they have been eliminated from the Race. They’re a charming team, and Erin is pretty hilarious, actually. Their positive presence will certainly be missed…
...though all of our players will be missed for a while, because next weekend brings that perfect time of year known as March Madness. The Amazing Race will return on April 1st, so we’ll see you in a couple of weeks!